The New England Patriots went from “being on to Buffalo” to perhaps being on to 2021 in the matter of a week.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick all but threw in the towel on the 2020 season one day after New England fell to the Buffalo Bills by the score of 24-21. Now at 2-5, Belichick is opening up on the team’s struggles. Simply put, the head coach says the team’s salary cap issues prevented them from fielding a contender this season.
“Look, we paid Cam Newton $1 million,” Belichick said during his weekly appearance on WEEI. It’s obvious we didn’t have any money. It’s nobody’s fault. That’s what we did the last five years. We sold out and won three Super Bowls, played in a fourth, and played in an AFC Championship Game. This year we had less to work with. It’s not an excuse, it’s just a fact.”
Patriots fans are not used to being near the bottom of the division, but selling out in the past was certainly worth it based on how Belichick explained the team’s woes this season.
The good news for Patriots fans is that New England is in good shape cap wise heading into 2021 and could have a top-10 draft pick of their own come April. If all goes well, their rebuild may only last one season.
Of course, nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. Bills, Dolphins and Jets fans can only hope that New England fans go on to experience the struggles that their respective fan bases have dealt with for the past two decades.